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  • Becoming Mrs. Lewis

  • The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C. S. Lewis
  • By: Patti Callahan
  • Narrated by: Lauren Woodward
  • Length: 12 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 92
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 84
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 86

When poet and writer Joy Davidman began writing letters to C. S. Lewis - known as Jack - she was looking for spiritual answers, not love. Love, after all, wasn’t holding together her crumbling marriage. Everything about New Yorker Joy seemed ill matched for an Oxford don and the beloved writer of Narnia, yet their minds bonded over their letters. Embarking on the adventure of her life, Joy traveled from America to England and back again, facing heartbreak and poverty, discovering friendship and faith, and against all odds, finding a love that even the threat of death couldn’t destroy. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Narrator is TERRIBLE

  • By Karen S on 10-11-18

A Wonderful Exploration of CS Lewis's Muse

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-30-18

This book is a work of fiction. However, in this case, what it means is that Patti Callahan has done extensive research into the life of Joy Davidman Lewis, her relationship with CS Lewis and his brother Warnie, and her writing. It's fiction, because Callahan fills in the details that tie her research together. It is wonderfully written, and the use of quotes from Joy's sonnets and other writings makes for a truly magical experience.

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  • Kristin Lavransdatter

  • By: Tiina Nunnally - translator, Sigrid Undset
  • Narrated by: Erin Bennett
  • Length: 44 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,358
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,260
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,254

As a young girl in 14th-century Norway, Kristin is deeply devoted to her father, Lavrans, a kind and courageous man. But when as a student in a convent school she meets the charming and impetuous Erlend Nikulaussøn, she defies her parents in pursuit of her own desires. Her saga continues through her marriage to Erlend, their tumultuous life together raising seven sons as Erlend seeks to strengthen his political influence, and finally their estrangement as the world around them tumbles into uncertainty.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A grand listen

  • By Chicago & Indiana Scientist/Gardener/Hiker on 07-05-17

Hard to Like a book if you dislike the heroine

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

It’s hard to believe this book “formed the basis of [the author] receiving the 1928 Nobel Prize in Literature.” Maybe it lost something in the translation, or maybe a story like this appeals to Norwegians. Whatever the answer, knowing its Nobel history, I trudged through all 44 hours, despising Kristin and Erlend more and more with each passing hour. That said, Erin Bennett’s performance was quite good — though overall, I do NOT recommend this book.

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  • Flash

  • A Dogleg Island Mystery
  • By: Donna Ball
  • Narrated by: Ann Simmons
  • Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 360
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 325
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 323

Aggie Malone is a dedicated young cop who has spent her entire life just looking for a place to call home. She never thought she'd find it in a quaint Florida village called Dogleg Island, where almost nothing ever happens. Deputy Ryan Grady is an easygoing playboy who carries a surf board in the trunk of his patrol car and lives in the same rambling beach cottage his grandfather built 70 years ago. He grew up on Dogleg Island and can't imagine ever living anywhere else. It's always been the most peaceful place he has ever known.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • fantastic story. great plot and character developm

  • By Leiha on 09-01-16

What's Not to Like? :-)

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-05-18

What's not to like? An easygoing murder mystery, with a hero dog and romantic love interest between the two cops at the center of the story. I must confess, however, that I'm disappointed to see that the sequels to this Book 1 are narrated by someone other than Ann Simmons. I hate when the narrator changes -- it's as if the characters are no longer the same either!

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  • Before We Were Yours

  • A Novel
  • By: Lisa Wingate
  • Narrated by: Emily Rankin, Catherine Taber
  • Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 40,369
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,776
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 36,640

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge - until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents - but they quickly realize the dark truth.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • I was rivetted, finished in three days.

  • By Lin Cloward on 06-26-17

A Beautiful Story of Family and Love

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-26-17

I loved the way the story alternated between the voicloving assesses of Rill Foss, May Crandall, and Avery Stafford. The mystery of the connection between these characters slowly becomes apparent, although the reader typically knows more than the characters as to what their relationship is. I also greatly enjoyed the counterpoint between the orphanage and the assisted living facilities in which May and Judy reside. One of the best novels I've listened to all year!

  • The Lincoln Lawyer

  • By: Michael Connelly
  • Narrated by: Adam Grupper
  • Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,374
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,093
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 9,091

Haller is a Lincoln Lawyer, a criminal defense pro who operates out of the backseat of his Lincoln Town Car, to defend clients at the bottom of the legal food chain. It's no wonder that he is despised by cops, prosecutors, and even some of his own clients. But an investigator is murdered for getting too close to the truth and Haller quickly discovers that his search for innocence has taken him face to face with a kind of evil as pure as a flame.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Legal Thriller, Great Reader

  • By Steven on 10-19-05

Good Old Fashioned Detective Story

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-18-17

Loved the Lincoln Lawyer! Adam Grupper's narration was excellent and the story itself included plenty of twists and turns to keep me guessing. Couldn't wait for the next installment, which I purchased and started listening to immediately!

  • The Pearl Thief

  • By: Elizabeth Wein
  • Narrated by: Maggie Service
  • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1,092
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,011
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,004

From the internationally acclaimed best-selling author of Code Name Verity comes a stunning new story of pearls, love and murder. Sixteen-year-old Julie Beaufort-Stuart is returning to her family's ancestral home in Perthshire for one last summer. It is not an idyllic return to childhood. Her grandfather's death has forced the sale of the house and estate, and this will be a summer of good-byes. Not least to the McEwen family - Highland travellers who have been part of the landscape for as long as anyone can remember.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Freshwater Pearls and Scottish Plaid

  • By Cynthia on 08-14-17

Simplistic

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-17

Maggie Service's performance was very good. However, the story itself was too simplistic -- perhaps a nice romantic mystery for a teenager, but lacking and overburdened with trite social commentary.

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  • The Gray Man

  • By: Mark Greaney
  • Narrated by: Jay Snyder
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,310
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 11,553
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 11,531

Court Gentry is known as The Gray Man - a legend in the covert realm, moving silently from job to job, accomplishing the impossible, and then fading away. And he always hits his target. But there are forces more lethal than Gentry in the world. And in their eyes, Gentry has just outlived his usefulness. Now, he is going to prove that for him, there's no gray area between killing for a living-and killing to stay alive.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Action packed, edge of your seat "page-turner"

  • By Jason Spencer on 09-01-10

Move Over Jason Bourne

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-30-17

The Gray Man certainly has me captivated! Although, I have to say I find it hard to imagine anyone actually surviving everything he survives in this first novel in the series. Looking forward to continuing with this series!

  • The Reef

  • By: Nora Roberts
  • Narrated by: Sandra Burr
  • Length: 13 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 613
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 489
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 494

The Reef is the story of Tate Beaumont, a beautiful young student of marine archeology - and of Matthew Lassiter, a sea-scarred young man who shares her dream of finding Anguelique's Curse, the jeweled amulet surrounded by legend and said to be long lost at the bottom of the sea.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • My 1st Nora Roberts book.......

  • By Kerri on 08-12-08

Such a Disappointment!

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-17

This novel had such potential! However, as a diver, familiar with the Caribbean, it was pure disappointment. The disappointment began within the first chapters, when the author describes an underwater scene -- in the Caribbean -- with a clownfish playing in the purple tipped tentacles of a sea anemone. Only problem? There are NO clownfish in the Caribbean. There are sea anemones -- even purple tipped ones -- but no clownfish.

This went on to get even worse. In one scene, the protagonists kill a 10-ft tiger shark, underwater, with only their dive knives. The hide of a shark is incredibly tough -- such that random bites from other sharks when feeding don't even leave a mark. But a diver, underwater, with no particular leverage and only a run of the mill dive knife, was able to kill a HUGE tiger? Not possible. Not believable.

And then there's the scene where Tate is accidentally bit by a moray. For starters, morays won't attack unless you interfere with them. And IF they attack, it won't be a mere scratch. It will be a serious wound. Furthermore, the risk with a moray bite is that their teeth contain huge amounts of bacteria, so infection is highly likely, and more than an on board treatment with alcohol and neosporyn is going to be needed to stave off serious infection -- even from a mere "scratch."

Then there's the issue of the moray eating a grouper. Sorry, but morays usually hunt WITH groupers. One of my favorite dive guides taught me to observe the groupers because if you saw one hanging out in a certain way in a certain type of location, he was probably sheltering a moray in the coral behind him.

Unfortunately, these lapses in research ruined the entire book for me. What could have been a wonderful tale fell apart because the background in which it was set just did not work.

Finally, I know that this novel was published in 1999. However, in this day and age of "me too," the book's attitude towards women is offensive. Repeatedly, Tate's interaction with Matthew suggests that "no" doesn't necessarily mean no. After all, she really WANTS him, right? While I understand that this was an accepted attitude at the time the book was written, it was very uncomfortable in light of recent events.

  • Whack-a-Mole

  • John Ceepak, Book 3
  • By: Chris Grabenstein
  • Narrated by: Jeff Woodman
  • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,474
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,010
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,004

John Ceepak and Danny Boyle return with the hunt for a long-dormant serial killer who might be ready to strike again. An innocent discovery on the beach in Sea Haven pits Ceepak against a killer with a code just as rigid as his own. When the killer targets his next victim, the consequences becomes dire for Ceepak and Boyle. This is a game they must win.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Series gets better and better

  • By Bernadette on 01-17-10

More Fun in Sea Haven

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-10-17

Once again, Chris Grabenstein and Jeff Woodman have combined to create an entertaining listen. Officer Danny Boyle and his partner, John Ceepak, once again solve the case, and restore order to Sea Haven, saving the life of Ceepak's girl friend, Rita. It's a fun series, well read by Woodman, and I look forward to the many installments yet to come!

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  • Once an Eagle

  • A Novel
  • By: Anton Myrer
  • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
  • Length: 41 hrs and 20 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,030
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 925
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 930

Once an Eagle is the story of one special man, a soldier named Sam Damon, and his adversary over a lifetime, fellow officer Courtney Massengale. Damon is a professional who puts duty, honor, and the men he commands above selfinterest. Massengale, however, brilliantly advances his career by making the right connections behind the lines and in Washington’s corridors of power.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Just a great story

  • By Glen on 11-11-12

Powerful War Time S!aga

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-02-17

Once an Eagle is a powerful and epic saga, following the life and career of Sam Damon, from his teen years, immediately prior to World War I, through a military career in WWI Europe, the Pacific theatre of WWII and into Viet Nam -- which seems to have been given a different name? Wonderful character development, that created three dimensional, real people, with real flaws, and real strengths. I was disappointed when the saga ended!

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